If you applied for disability benefits, it is because you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from holding gainful employment. This can be disheartening, but disability benefits could give you the ability to financially support yourself and your West Virginia family. Unfortunately, many first-time claims are denied.
It is rather common for disability claims to come back denied. This may seem like a setback, but it is possible to continue your fight for the benefits you deserve. If you have a rightful claim to any type of disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, a denial is not the end of the road for you.
Why does the SSA deny claims?
The SSA takes the information included in a claim application and evaluates it, using that evidence and documentation to conclude whether or not that individual should receive benefits. Sometimes, a lack of documentation, incorrect information or a misunderstanding of evidence can lead to a denial. Some of the most common reasons why the SSA denies claims include the following:
- There is evidence to suggest the disability is connected to drug or alcohol use.
- Your income is too high to qualify you for disability benefits.
- The application was completed incorrectly or the SSA was unable to follow up with you to ask questions.
- You may not have followed doctor's orders regarding treatment and medication.
- You did not include enough treatment information, or your disability will not last for a period of at least one year.
If none of these reasons for denial are legitimate or you believe there was a problem in the way included evidence was interpreted, you have the right to appeal. You may need to include more information, gather more evidence or take additional steps to continue your pursuit of benefits.
Effectively navigating the appeals process
Appealing a denied Social Security claim can be complex. The system is confusing, and you may not be sure of where to even begin the process. Fortunately, you do not have to navigate it alone. If you need to appeal or have concerns about your right to claim benefits, you may find it beneficial to first seek a complete evaluation of your case.
With experienced guidance on your side, you will be more equipped to take the appropriate steps to appeal and address any other concerns that may arise. As a disabled individual, you have the right to explore every option available to you regarding your rightful benefits.